Parliament Update – Week of September 24, 2018
September 28, 2018
The following was debated in the House:
• Bill C-78 – An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act (Second Reading)
• Bill C-81 – Accessible Canada Act (Second Reading)
• Bill C-82 – Multilateral Instrument in Respect of Tax Conventions Act (Second Reading)
• Bill C-316 – An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (organ donors) (Second Reading)
• Bill C-326 – An Act to amend the Department of Health Act (drinking water guidelines) (Third Reading)
• Bill C-369 – An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Indigenous Peoples Day) (Second Reading)
• Bill C-393 – An Act to amend the Canadian Multiculturalism Act (non-application in Quebec) (Second Reading)
• Concurrence in Committee Report – Second Report of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources
• Conservative Motion – Veterans
• NDP Motion – Housing as a human right
• Motion No. 189 – Organ and tissue donation
On Monday, I participated in debate on the concurrence of a report by the Standing Committee on Natural Resources entitled, “The future of Canada’s oil and gas sector.” In my speech and questions, I defended our riding’s oil and gas workers and urged the government to act in order to ensure the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which will run directly through Yellowhead.
I also had the opportunity to ask questions during the debate on our Conservative Party’s motion, which called on the Minister of Veterans Affairs to revoke the benefits that have been extended to Chris Garnier, who is a convicted murderer and has never served in the Canadian Armed Forces. You can read my comments on the corresponding day’s Hansard on the House Publications page at www.ourcommons.ca/en.
In the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU), we had a briefing on the mandate letter of Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction. We also had a briefing with the New Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada, Anne Kelly. For more information on these meetings, visit the SECU Committee website at www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/SECU.
On Thursday, I sat on the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (REGS) where they are reviewing statutory instruments, and later I sat on the Standing Committee on Natural Resources (RNNR) where they have begun a study on forests pests, including the Mountain Pine Beetle. I will be following this study closely as it continues.
This week, I attended 10 meetings, three events, and recorded a radio message. I will travel to the riding over the weekend to attend two events. Look for my update next Friday on the happenings of Parliament.